Wadi bani khalid panorama Oman

Oman: Day 5 (Part 1) – Wadi Bani Khalid; Dhow factory in Sur

Date: 29th October 2014

Today was our last day in beautiful Oman. And we still had lot’s to see before our flight at night! So after an early wake-up call, we had a quick breakfast.

Omani breakfast buffet
On offer was a ‘dosa’ made of maida (unrefined flour) and yellow daal (lentil curry) among other dishes
Breakfast in Oman
Didn’t eat “much” because we really had to leave the desert camp soon

When we all collected our bags, checked out and made our way to the jeep, our driver Majjid was in a sleepless state. He was out all night with a group of drivers in search of an SUV that had gotten lost in the desert! 🙁 It was one of their friends along with a group of elderly tourists, and they lost communication with them after a few hours (phone batteries must have died).

Fortunately they found the group… but only today morning. They found them after the driver burned one of the tires and used the smoke to pinpoint their location. It was tragic to hear considering the elderly tourists were weak and had to be taken to the hospital.

But despite the lack of sleep, Majjid had to stick to his job and take us around.

Sharqiya dessert camel Oman
When we left Oryx desert camp, I mounted the GoPro on the hood of the Prado once again

Here’s a video of our drive to the bedouin home Majjid wanted to show us on the way (some segments have been sped up):

Bedouin camp Oman desert
That’s the Bedouin home down there. Imagine living out here.
Sand dune desert Oman
This is your only view
Inside a bedouin tent Oman
We got down from the dune and entered the Bedouin home
Bedouin tent Oman desert
We sat down to have some tea with the hosts
Omani tea Bedouin carpet
It wasn’t sweet
Bedouin straw tent Oman
None of the modern comforts… except for mobile phones
Bedouin tent display artifacts Oman
But they had this home decked out for tourists
Goat walking Sharqiya desert Oman
Outside, there’s not much else around here
Beetle footsteps desert Oman
Besides desert bugs…
Goats Oman desert
And goats (and lots of goat poop in the sand)
Bedouin tent Oman desert dunes panorama
Here’s a panorama of where we were

Before we left the Sharqiya sands, we did some more dune climbing:

Mithun inside Prado Oman
One group selfie from the inside

It was time to say goodbye to the sand dunes and return to tarmac.

Garage mechanic Oman
Back in town, we returned to the garage to fill air back into the tyres
Oman desert highway
Off to our next destination
Wadi Bani Khalid highway Oman
We were on the mountain highway heading to Wadi Bani Khalid, a very popular oasis

The drive was an another uphill-downhill drive. So I made a video of it:

Wadi Bani Khalid entrance Oman
Majjid dropped us at the parking area and told us we had 30 minutes here
Tall grass Wadi Bani Khaled Oman
We had to walk some 5 minutes to get to the wadi (oasis)
Water canal Wadi Bani Khalid Oman
Don’t know if this water canal was flowing into the oasis
Oasis in Oman
Beautiful isn’t it? But this isn’t it
Wadi bani khalid panorama Oman
This is a panorama showing how big Wadi Bani Khalid is!
Wadi bani khalid rules Oman
There are rules to follow
Wadi bani khaled rocks Oman
There was a bit to explore… but not enough time 🙁
Muqal cave Wadi Bani Khalid Oman
If you have the time, you could explore the caves here too and go for a trek
Caves Wadi Bani Khalid Oman
Wadi Bani Khalid seems like a good place for an adventure
Wadi Bani Khalid canal Oman
I would have liked to know how far this stream flowed
Diving Wadi Bani Khalid Oman
We didn’t even get time to get in the water 🙁
Swimming Wadi Bani Khalid water Oman
It’s not too deep
Fishes Wadi bani khalid Oman
I took this underwater photo using my GoPro
Lake Wadi Bani Khalid Oman
I walked back
As soon as I reached the parking lot, the skies had changed
Mountain range highway Oman
Oman seems like the best country in the Middle East for road trips. It’s perfect for scenic journeys.
Oman highway panorama
It rained on the drive back. We stopped along the highway for a toilet break
Empty park Oman village
It was at a public park… which was hauntingly empty

We reached the town of Sur by lunch time. We were here to stop by a dhow factory. (A dhow is a traditional Arabian boat)

Sur road after rain Oman
There was a typhoon passing through Oman. It was raining in Sur… a lot more.
Dhow factory Sur Oman
Despite the rains, we made a dash for the factory while Majjid waited in the Prado
Wood dhow factory Oman
Really more of workshop than a factory
Making dhow Sur Oman
And there wasn’t much work going on either due to the rain
Dhow factory sur river
The dhow factory was by the river
Sur bridge Oman
That’s the Khor Al Batah bridge
Dhow sur river Oman
A lot more boats were supposed to be seen docked by the river… but we didn’t see many
Sur beach typhoon Oman
We ran back to our jeep and drove off to Sur beach road. Look at the sea!
Sur beach panorama Oman
We stopped to take a few photos
Sur town during rain Oman
We had to leave Sur before the weather worsened
New Sur restaurant Nizwa Oman
For lunch, we made a quick stop at this eatery
Fish biriyani Sur Oman
It was nothing fancy. Run by Keralites (surprise, surprise). I had fish biriyani.
Majjid tired Sur restaurant
Poor Majjid was really tired

After lunch, we left Sur through its flooded roads and made our way back to Muscat. And what drive that was! That’s the next, and final post.

Next post in this series:

Oman 2014: Day 5 (Part 2) – Fins beach, Sinkhole Park — and saying goodbye

Previous posts in this series:

Oman 2014: Day 4 – Jebel al Akhdar; dune bashing and overnight camp in Wahiba Sands

Oman 2014: Day 3 (Part 3) – Misfah and Jebel Shams

Oman 2014: Day 3 (Part 2) – Nizwa Fort and Jabreen Castle

Oman 2014: Day 3 (Part 1) – Sultan Qaboos mosque (Muscat’s Grand Mosque)

Oman 2014: Day 2 (Part 2) – Muscat bay viewpoints, Qurum beach, The Cave restaurant

Oman 2014: Day 2 (Part 1) – Dolphin watching tour in Muscat

Oman 2014: Day 1 – Landing in Muscat; Al Alam Palace, Mutrah souq and more

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